Appearance Based Indexing for Relocalisation in Real-Time Visual SLAM

Denis Chekhlov, Walterio Mayol-Cuevas, Andrew Calway, Appearance Based Indexing for Relocalisation in Real-Time Visual SLAM. 19th Bristish Machine Vision Conference. ISBN 978-1-901725-36-0, pp. 363–372. September 2008. PDF, 863 Kbytes. External information


Previous work on visual SLAM has shown that indexing on space and scale facilitates the use of feature descriptors for matching in real-time systems and that this can significantly increase robustness. However, the performance gains necessarily diminish as uncertainty about camera position increases. In this paper we address this issue by introducing a further level of indexing based on appearance, using low order Haar wavelet coefficients. This enables fast look up of descriptors even when the camera is lost, hence allowing efficient relocalisation. Results of experiments on a range of real world test cases demonstrate that the method is effective, including single frame relocalisation rates up to 90\% using relatively low numbers of descriptor comparisons.

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